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Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center

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Address: 35 E Quay Rd, Key West, FL 33040-8391
Phone Number: +1 305-809-4750
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The Eco-Discovery Center features more than 6,000 square feet of...

The Eco-Discovery Center features more than 6,000 square feet of interactive exhibits, which interpret the resources and management efforts of Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, two national parks, and four national wildlife refuges. Check out the exhibit on Aquarius, the world's only underwater ocean laboratory, the Living Reef exhibit, which includes a 2,500-gallon reef tank with living corals and tropical fish, the live Reef Cam, and other displays that highlight the coral reef environment. The Center is located in NOAA’s Dr. Nancy Foster Florida Keys Environmental Complex on the Truman Annex waterfront in Key West. Admission is always free (and so is parking), so be sure to stop by for a visit!

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Interesting Way to Learn About the Keys

The Eco-Discovery Center is a great way to learn about the Keys. The 18-mminute movie is very informative. and the 3-D exhibit is pretty cool.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Farmers Branch, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The Eco-Discovery Center is a great way to learn about the Keys. The 18-mminute movie is very informative. and the 3-D exhibit is pretty cool.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

They have a living reef with local specimens that we actually saw while snorkeling in Key West. We really enjoyed seeing all the different undersea shows in the submarine. The movie showing was great way to see the waters of Florida. Great free trip, fun for the whole family while learning too.

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Sarasota, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

the video was like you are scuba diving you could reach out and almost touch the fish.very informative and worth the time

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Detroit Lakes, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great attraction that is free to the public and can be anywhere from a quick 20 minute walk-through to a full afternoon. Make sure to watch the 20 minute video that is playing over and over in the theater. I liked it so much that I bought a copy of the video. It's amazing - and it's... More 

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Shepperton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The highlights for us were the 3D film and the main film. There are lots of interactive displays for kids and adults. It's free entry and free parking - what's not to like!

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Kissimmee, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A tremendous hike by foot from the winter Whitehouse, but worth the visit and ocean displays, is included as a stop on the hop on Hop off bus tours , but need to get my 10,000 steps. FREE part of Dry Tortugas National Park service.

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It is a nice air conditioned stop on the way to the beach. We're from Florida and already know a lot about the wildlife and ecosystem, but thought it to be well conceived. There are several displays and a few aquariums. Overall it was a great FREE thing to do in key west.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very informative. Loved all the info. Fish were very cool to see. They have a short film to see. It's kinda slow but really good. Enjoyed this stop

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Mesquite, Texas, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Dark and cool, this is a great way to learn more about the reefs and ecology of the area. Exhibits are well done, and best of all, it's free. Much larger than I anticipated.

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Indianola, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The kids loved this eco center. Lots of activates and interesting things for the kids to see. It's free, and air conditioned!

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